A First Tooth

Our family is experiencing a lot of “firsts.” A few days ago our mailman delivered the first package from Elias’ preschool, and we are already thinking about all the new things that this fall will hold for our family. Owen is starting his very first soccer class this summer and let me tell you, he is beyond excited. This week our littlest baby Eleanor is also teething. I can just start to see the little white baby tooth about to pop through.

Her first tooth has me thinking about brushing teeth and the overall importance of establishing healthy habits while kids are little.
 

I read the other day that babies can start learning new habits as young as three months old. Isn’t that amazing? What I teach Eleanor now can affect her for a lifetime

As we are entering a new phase with Eleanor, I decided to try Aquafresh, The little mouth experts ™” because I learned that compared to an adult’s tooth enamel, a baby’s is 50% thinner. That’s why we need expert protection.
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Mark and I had so much fun pulling out a little purple tooth brush for her. It was great because it had extra soft bristles and a flexible neck. At first Eleanor bit the toothbrush, because she is teething, and then she proceeded to lick it like a lollipop. She thought it was pretty funny when we actually began to brush her one little tooth.

The taste of the toothpaste appeared very pleasant because she wanted it always in her mouth. That is a huge plus in our house. I like that it has natural flavors like banana and apple.
 
Because she was gumming the toothbrush and at times licking it, I became quite thankful that Aquafresh training toothpaste is fluoride-free, which means it is safe to swallow. Of course you should always use the product as directed on the label.
 
This isn’t the first time we’ve had Aquafresh in our home and it won’t be the last. I’m glad Eleanor enjoyed her first tooth brushing experience. We not only use Aquafresh training toothpaste for the baby, but also for Owen who is two.

A  few ways I encourage my kids to keep brushing is…
 
1) Make it really fun. I like to sing to the kids while they are brushing. Sometimes it is the A,B,C’s or maybe Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but whatever the song may be I try to keep them brushing for a good minute or two.
 
I also like to let them attempt to brush their teeth on their own before I help them. This seems to encourage their independence and is really fun for my older boys.
 
2) Make a routine. The other day my two year old looked at me with wide eyes in his bed, “Ah! We fowgot to brush teef.” A smile zipped across my face because he was absolutely right. We are usually on such a normal morning and evening routine that the kids remember what to do. We also do the same five things in the morning, and the same five things at night. I feel like this will help prepare them for being an adult.
 
3) Make it personal.  Another way to keep brushing fun in our house is to let the kids pick out their favorite color toothbrush or favorite character toothbrush. This builds excitement and keeps it personal for them.
 
For more information on Aquafresh, check out their app, watch their learning to brush video, and their make brushing fun page.
 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Aquafresh through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Aquafresh, all opinions are my own.